Does Your Writing Sound Like Crap? Don’t Worry.

Bird by Bird author Anne Lamott said it best: Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head. Need a creative […]

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Free Your Idea – Then Have the Courage to Follow Where it Leads

Writing a book isn’t a linear process. You come up with an idea, you think about it, you change it, it changes you, you think some more, you write, you rewrite, you rethink, you write some more. If your book isn’t coming together as quickly as you’d hoped, it’s possible you haven’t set it free […]

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What Aren’t You Seeing?

Fiction writers know that place can be as important as character. Think: Winterfell Minas Tirith Downton Abbey Gotham City Cabot Cove King’s Landing Hidalgo For some reason, non-fiction writers tend to focus on events and people. However, place is just as important for those of us who write non-fiction as you fiction gurus.  In fact, […]

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Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker

Whether you’ve written no books or fifty, you’re more than “just a writer”. We humans are multi-dimensional beings with facets that reflect both our inner and outer selves. In fact, it’s those very facets that actually make us a writer – without them what would we write? I can get so tunnel-visioned that I forget […]

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Do You Write With Music or Silence?

I spend a lot of time alone but not alone. Cause there’s the cat, the hummingbirds and orioles outside my window, the herbs and flowers on the patio – all bursting with Nature’s own brand of energy. So being alone while I work doesn’t seem so bad. However, the question about being comfortable with silence […]

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Just Released – Evernote for Writing & Research

I just released my latest book, How to Use Evernote® for Writing and Research. I think it’s one of the best books I’ve ever written – and one that details exactly how I use Evernote and why every writer should use it too. As I note in the book, I was slow to embrace Evernote. […]

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Once Upon a Time There Lived . . .

Good non-fiction  revolves around a story. Even a cookbook, as evidenced by Lindsay Nixon’s Everyday Happy Herbivore: “Shortly after I finished my first cookbook . . . my husband and I were transferred to St. Maarten for a year. While the prospect of living in paradise was quite exciting, the realization that I’d have to cook […]

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